Earwigs, also known as ‘Pincher Bugs’ thanks to the huge pair of pinchers on their butt, are an unusual looking nocturnal insect that prefers to hide in tight crevices by day until it roams around at night. There are 22 different species of earwigs in the US alone, and despite their name they are not a threat to your ears or wigs. These insects are scavengers that feed on dead insects or plants, which means they can be an annoying pest to household plants or gardens.
Treating earwigs is a matter of knowing their habits and where they hide. Preventative treatment to your home can prevent them from accessing inside. Earwigs are drawn to areas of high moisture with lots of cracks and crevices for them to hide in. Clean up lose leaf litter and debris, and create an 18-inch vegetation-free zone around the foundation of your home. Also check to make sure there aren’t any cracks or damaged weather stripping that may be allowing unwanted pests to sneak inside.
- Clear away debris surrounding your home
- Seal cracks around doors and windows
- Insect areas of high moisture and treat accordingly